The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex


The Trophy is dedicated to the memory of the D’Oyly Carte and musical comedy star Isabel Jay (see, it was presented to the Sussex Branch of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society by her elder daughter the Hon. Celia Mitchell Anderson, the then Chairman and later co-President.

In 1961 the Sussex Branch of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society decided to run a competition on the same lines as the Blackmore Trophy (see Vol 2 Iss 3 Jan 2013 Newsletter); her daughter and husband gave this handsome solid silver rose bowl, in Memory of her Mother Isabel Jay to be held for one year by the winning team. In this form the competition ran until 1980, during which time it was won by seven different Sussex operatic societies, and Haywards Heath Grammar School, in addition to smaller groups such as The Bad Barts, and ad hoc groups of enthusiasts. The event then continued for eleven more years as non-competitive Isabel Jay Galas, nine of which were part of the Brighton Festival.

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The Isabel Jay Trophy was awarded to the winner of Class 427 for any song from Gilbert and Sullivan, 16 - 18 years in this year's Mid Sussex Competitive Music Festival, which took place at Burgess Hill School for Girls on 15th, 16th and 17th November. The class is open to young singers, and entries can be solos, duets, trios, quartets or ensembles: The syllabus is available online, or from public libraries or Carousel Music in Haywards Heath.

The Isabel Jay Trophy

The 2013 Award

2013 Award

The 2014 Award

2014 Award

Sussex Living Article October2015

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The 2016 Award

2016 Award

The 2017 Award

2017-18 Award
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